Prayer of Saint John Chrysostom before reading the Scriptures

O Lord Jesus Christ,
open the eyes of my heart,
that I may hear your word and understand and do your will,
for I am a sojourner upon the earth.

Hide not your commandments from me,
but open my eyes,
that I may perceive the wonders of your law.

Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of your wisdom.

On You I set my hope, O my God,
that You will enlighten my mind and understanding
with the light of your knowledge,
not only to cherish those things which are written,
but to do them;

that in reading the lives and sayings of the saints
I may not sin, but that such may serve
for my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification,
for the salvation of my soul,
and the inheritance of life everlasting.

For You are the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness,
and from You comes every good deed and every gift.


Saint John Chrysostom (347-407)

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